Gary Nova completed his high school career at Don Bosco Prep the best way possible, by winning another state championship. Don Bosco defeated Bergen Catholic 37-27 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford on Friday night, to win its second consecutive Group IV Non-Public state title. Nova also completes his career with a record of 24-0 as a starting quarterback.
Nova wasn't the only Pitt commit to get a state title this past weekend, as Deonte Gibson capped off a fine senior season, helping St. Edward to its first-ever state championship, a 35-28 win over Huber Heights Wayne, led by Ohio State commit Braxton Miller. Gibson sacked Miller twice--including one on Wayne's final offensive series of the game. Gibson finishes his senior season with 35 tackles for losses and 21 sacks.
Running back commit Jeremiah Bryson didn't get a state title, but still wrapped up a strong senior season in a 23-21 loss to Maryville, in the Tennessee Class 6A state title game. Bryson still rushed for 132 yards, including touchdown runs of 7 and 37 in the loss. He was instrumental in his team's final offensive series, helping them to the Maryville 11. Unfortunately, after a false start, Smyrna's field goal attempt was blocked.
Two more Pitt commits will appear in state championship games with a win this coming weekend. Clairton rolled over North Star 52-0 on Friday night, and will face Farrell this Friday night at North Allegheny high school. Desimon Green, who was bothered by a sore shoulder, still had 140 yards of total offense in the win for Clairton. Junior receiver Trenton Coles added a five-yard touchdown run, and a 34-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win.
Jameel Poteat, Noah Spence and the Bishop McDevitt Crusaders advance to face Erie Cathedral Prep, in a game that will be played at DuBois High School on Friday night. Poteat rushed for 101 yards in a 29-14 win over Cocalico.
On the eastern half of the state, Archbishop Wood advanced to the state semifinals with a 24-14 win over Strath Haven. Wood will meet up with Allentown Central Catholic this weekend. Brandon Peoples rushed for 231 yards and two touchdowns, behind the blocking of offensive lineman Frank Taylor. Colin Thompson, a top junior tight end, is also a member of the Archbishop Wood team.